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Looking for info on Japan? You've come to the right place! Yokkaichi Connections is your gateway to
info on daily life in Japan, teaching English, traveling, and much more!

 

April 23, 2019

When one thinks about teaching English, martial arts doesn't really come to mind (unless you've got a REALLY rowdy school).

One of the best things I ever did in my life was deciding to seriously start studying martial arts and the philosophy behind them.

At the time, stu...

April 17, 2019

There is still a lot of debate about exactly what the role of an ALT is. Some see ALTs as an assistant teacher in Japan who came to bring English into the classroom in a positive way. Some view ALTs as activity/game factories whose goal is to entertain and boost the st...

September 26, 2018

Teaching English and living in Japan has been a life-changing experience. Not everyone gets a chance to spend a few (or several) years in another country while exploring new a culture and cruising around to some cool place. Sometimes I have to remind myself, "Hey man,...

September 11, 2018

One of the issues with being an ALT in Japan is that a lot of our day to day roles aren't always clearly defined. Many times, this comes down to the JET mantra ESID (every situation is different).

If you haven't read my first post,

check it out!

Due to the variety of situ...

September 6, 2018

Team teaching can be one of the most challenging aspects of being a successful ALT in Japan. There are plenty of people who work well on their own. However, when they have to share authority and communicate with another person from a different culture things can break...

May 23, 2018

Are you coming to Japan to teach English? Congratulations! You're in for the experience of a lifetime. Think about all of the other people you know in your life. Chances are some of them have never been out of your home country, let alone have had the chance to live an...

May 1, 2018

Hello! My name is Andrew Ghim. Like Amy Lin (check out her post!), I am a JET working for a local BOE that hires ALTs from the States.  At the time of this post, I have been in Japan for about nine months.

The experience so far has been unforgettable and I want to conti...

April 11, 2018

When I'm not teaching or working on this blog, I help run the blog section of ALT Training Online. Here's my post from March 2018. Enjoy!

Imagine, if you will, the perfect ALT training environment.

Multiple ALTs can regularly meet in a common workspace to share ideas and...

March 7, 2018

When it comes to today's professional environment, building skills is the name of the game. Many ALTs have degrees that fall outside of the business and STEM categories. That means that we need to develop our transferable skills in order to be competitive in the curren...

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